Today's News

  • LA student earns opportunity of a lifetime

    Persistence can pay off. Barranca Elementary School fourth-grader Cameron Harlow can attest to that statement.

    When a casting call for the movie, “Brothers,” was posted, Harlow’s mother, Linda, took him and his brother to audition for the movie. However, the casting director Marty Cherrix told Harlow he wasn’t needed.

    It wasn’t the last time Harlow would hear from Cherrix. Later, Cherrix contacted the aspiring actor to see if he would be interested in auditioning for another movie being filmed in New Mexico.

  • Boys basketball: Topper upset bid falls just short vs. Sundevils

    ESPAÑOLA – The first 12 minutes of Wednesday night’s game could scarcely have gone better for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.

    The next four minutes, not so much.

    Meanwhile, the mighty Española Valley Sundevils nearly let a late 9-point lead slip away as Los Alamos star center Alex Kirk had a night to remember.

    Unfortunately, the Sundevils were able to hang on despite playing a sloppy, foul-riddled fourth quarter to beat the Hilltoppers 74-71 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • Girls basketball: LA tops Academy at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team did just enough to turn back the efforts of a motivated Albuquerque Academy squad Wednesday night.

    In a game that was more nuisance than anything, the Hilltoppers held on to knock off Academy’s Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium, 41-36.

  • Lawmakers debate N.M. Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — The Senate, for the second time, debated legislation aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college.

    The Senate passed the House bill 25-13 on Wednesday after amending it to add language that would encourage state education officials to both develop and implement a plan for helping Hispanic students. The House would have to agree to the change before the bill could go to the governor.

  • 02-18-10 Update

    American Legion meeting

      The American Legion Riders will have a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at American Legion Post 90. For more information, call Dave at 505-500-5356.

    LASE Network meeting

      Energy tops the list of topics to be discussed when Representative Ben Ray Luján addresses a meeting of the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network from 5:30–6:30 p.m. tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 3540 Orange St.  

    “The Sleeping Beauty”

  • Peering into nuclear futures

    Under American leadership, the arms control pendulum has swung back in the direction of abolishing nuclear weapons, after a period in which such a sweeping aspiration has been outside the mainstream of political thought.

  • First wave of offices start to move

    Los Alamos County’s 311 Customer Care Center and the administrative offices of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are relocating to three office suites in Central Park Square.

    The move is concurrent with the vacation of the entire County Annex Building located on the Trinity site at 901 Trinity Dr.

    Janet Bettinger, the deputy utility manager for administration and finance at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU),  is heading up the relocation project.

  • Tackling town’s business woes

    Last summer the MainStreet Futures Committee held a retreat where they tried to figure out what prevents Los Alamos from achieving its vision of becoming a vibrant community.

    “To be blunt, at our retreat we were asking, ‘Why is this town dying on the vine?’ ” said Denise Lane. “Why do [residents] voice what they want time after time in surveys and then not get it?”

    The committee’s solution was to develop a formal process for the public and private sectors to work together to enable development projects to be successful.

  • New Municipal Building costs money

    The county’s presentation, “New Municipal Building Space Program Update” at the Feb. 2 county council meeting did not generate the kinds of questions from the council that showed it was concerned about cost issues. There were questions on the size of the council chambers and conference rooms. However, there were no questions about why the space requirements were based upon the GSA figure of 300 square feet per person rather than 200 or 250. The cost of the building is a function of the size of the building, currently estimated at 50,425 square feet.

  • A preference for traffic lights

    Thomas and Rebecca Shankland’s letter “Roundabouts are the way to go,” underscores a continuing problem in the Los Alamos community, including White Rock revitalization.

    The Shanklands consider roundabouts the safe and effective way to deal with traffic (presumably on NM 4) and they consider traffic lights ugly. (Who determined traffic lights are ugly?)

    Their opinion is put forward as fact.

    My wife and I think traffic lights are really safer and roundabouts a way to annoy our neighbors, at least those we’ve talked to.